April 2003 New Products

Unit-dose of ointments new to market

Healthpoint, Ltd. (Fort Worth, Tex.) introduced the first unit-dose packaging of prescription ointments Panafil® and Accuzyme® in barcoded 6-g units to complement the standard 30-g tubes. Accuzyme is an enzymatic debriding ointment used to treat necrotic wounds, pressure ulcers, and burns by removing dead tissue without harming living tissue. Panafil is a healing, debriding, and deodorizing ointment that also controls local inflammation. The unit doses are available as of February 1 to distributor/drug wholesalers in the United States.

For more information, visit www.healthpoint.com.- OWM

New topical skin adhesive available

Ethicon products (Somerville, NJ) announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new, thicker formula of Dermabond Topical Skin Adhesive (2-octyl cyanoacrylate). The new formulation, High Viscosity Dermabond Topical Skin Adhesive, offers better application control, especially important on certain areas of the body such as around the eyes and nose.

The product is a liquid skin adhesive only intended for topical application to hold closed easily approximated skin edges of wounds from surgical incisions, including punctures from minimally invasive surgery and simple, thoroughly cleansed, trauma-induced lacerations. It may be used in conjunction with, but not in place of, deep dermal stitches.

Research studies have concluded that wounds and incisions treated with the adhesive lead to excellent cosmetic results, similar to those with suturing, and provide patients with a fast and relatively painless closure. Studies also show that patients receiving the adhesive were less likely to require anesthesia, did not require the physicians to wait for the onset of anesthesia, and had faster wound closure times.

The product is contraindicated for use on any wounds with evidence of active infection, gangrene, or decubitus etiology. It should not be used on mucosal surfaces or across mucocutaneous junctions (eg, lips, oral cavity), or on skin that is regularly exposed to body fluids or with dense natural hair (eg, scalp). Patients with a known hypersensitivity to cyanoacrylate or formaldehyde should not be treated with the product. It also should not be applied to the eye or used in high skin tension areas or across areas of increased skin tension, such as knuckles, elbows, or knees, unless the joint will be immobilized during the skin healing period.

Visit www.dermabondtraining.com for more information.- OWM

New antifungal barrier cream for skin protection incontinence

Swiss-American Products, Inc. (Dallas, Tex.) announces the availability of Elta Trivase, a new antifungal barrier cream used to protect skin against urinary and fecal incontinence episodes.

The product uses a triple action approach to form a waterproof barrier against moisture; therefore, eliminating the need to apply other barrier creams to keep the antifungal in place. The active ingredient, 2% miconazole nitrate, helps prevent and treat fungal infections including Candida. Zinc oxide, petrolatum, and dimethicone contribute to a long-lasting waterproof barrier. The third component is a proprietary vegetable enzyme blend that helps remodel the epidermal layer, soothe skin, and minimize irritation. This approach promotes the maintenance of healthy skin

The product is applied with minimal drag and adheres to previously wet and moist areas. Any standard cleanser can be used for product removal.

For more information, visit the website at www.elta.net or call 800-633-8872.- OWM

Type-1 collagen product available

Advanced Wound Care's (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) CellerateRX is a medical hydrolysate of type-1 collagen that accelerates healing, reduces pain and bleeding, and promotes and accelerates cellular regeneration by replicating the natural fibro-connective template. The product also promotes natural autolysis and autolytic debridement by rehydrating and softening necrotic tissue and eschar. Biocompatible, biodegradable, and nonantigenic, it may be left in the wound site through multiple bandage changes. It protects the wound bed and newly formed granulation tissue and absorbs wound exudates. Available in powder and gel form, it easily conforms to any wound site.

For more information, call (888) 933-8063. - OWM

Increased therapy options with new mattress replacement system

SenTech™ Medical Systems, Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) introduced a new alternating pressure and low-air-loss mattress system. The Stage IV® Millennium 3 Mattress Replacement System offers therapy options and includes a new graphic display, interactive set-up screen, audio and visual alarm, hospital-grade mattress, filter maintenance alert system, a help screen, and other advanced features (adjustable Fowler boost, cycle time, and maximum firm pressure).

For more information, call (800) 474-4225. - OWM

New corporate website launced

Medicalhelplines.com Inc (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a company that specializes in providing online niche medical information and services, launched its corporate website (www.medicalhelplines.com) and began compiling its specialized websites - the first of which was www.woundcarehelpline.com - early in 2002. With many pages of original content created by experts, interactive educational areas, educational videos and other tools, the company hopes the website will become a "one-stop-shop" for a variety of niche medical areas. Two interactive chat sites that focus on niche medical topics were recently introduced: woundchat.com and ostomychat.com.

The sites are designed for patients who want information to better educate and empower themselves to become actively involved in their care; healthcare providers who need education to keep up with the latest treatment developments and to provide better care for their patients; and payors and institutions needing access to educated healthcare providers to manage costs and provide high quality care. - OWM

Convexity solutions increase options

With the launch of Assura® Convex Light, Coloplast Corp. (Atlanta, Ga.), becomes one of the few suppliers with a full range of convex solutions for ostomy patients. Designed for users with flush or slightly retracted stomas, the product has a flexible, soft, and secure new adhesive that provides low pressure on the abdomen. It is ideal for use with deep skin folds and scars. The product is available in one- and two-piece systems with pre-cut and cut-to-fit sizes.

For more information, call (800) 533-0464, visit www.us.coloplast.com or email usmedweb@coloplast.com. - OWM


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